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2022 – News Archive

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Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

September 15, 2022 – Hunger Hike Kick Off Event – THIS Sunday

September 1, 2022 – Hunger Hike 2022 – 17 Days to Kick Off

August 25, 2022 – LUM Has Big Plans for the Fall & Winter

May 19, 2022 – Hunger Hike – Needed Now More Than Ever

Hunger Hike in the News:

Archive of eNewsletters & LUM in the News

Hunger Facts – 2022

HUNGER HIKE – Did you know?

General Facts/Statistics

  • According to the USDA, the price of food purchased to eat at home increased 12.2% from June 2021 to June 2022. https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-price-outlook/summary-findings/
  • According to the Washington Post, average rents in Tippecanoe County have increased 10.8% since 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/interactive/2022/rising-rent-prices/
  • In July, Food Finders Food Bank experienced a 70% increase in visits to their Fresh Market Community Food Pantry over the same time last year
  • In the first half of the year, Lafayette Urban Ministry saw a 36% jump in visits to their food pantry over 2021.  The number of new food pantry clients went up 123%, and they saw a 33% increase in visits to their emergency shelter.
  • Food insecure adults are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure. They are also more likely to report mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, and poor general health. Seniors who are food insecure have a decreased capacity to maintain independence with aging.

Child Hunger Facts/Stats

  • According to Feeding America, 1 in 8 Hoosiers struggle with hunger.  Among Hoosier children, the number is 1 in 6. Feeding America – IN (feedingamericaaction.org)
  • Children who face hunger are more likely to struggle in school and experience developmental setbacks. Kids who struggle to get enough to eat also face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma.
  • In addition to decreased intellectual and emotional development and poor academic performance, children living in food insecure households are at higher risk of poor physical and mental health. They are substantially more likely to be diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, asthma, mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, cognitive impairment, and behavioral disorders. They are also at higher risk of being hospitalized. These health problems and the resulting time demands placed on caregivers impact the ability of caregivers to maintain stable employment.

Senior Hunger Facts/Stats

  • 12.7% of seniors in Indiana struggle with food insecurity –  2022-senior-report-state-summaries.pdf (americashealthrankings.org)
  • Seniors struggling with hunger often have to make the difficult decision between paying for rent, medication, or transportation and food.
  • For seniors, lack of access to healthy foods, or even a stable diet, can lead to life threatening medical conditions, such as disability, deteriorating health/ mental health conditions, serious infections, lengthy hospitalization, and malnutrition. The number one health condition caused by food insecurity among seniors is clinical (severe/major) depression. For more information on senior hunger, read The State of Senior Hunger 

2021 – News Archive

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Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

September 16, 2021 – Hunger Hike Kick Off Event – THIS Sunday

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2020 – News Archive

Hunger Hike – News & Updates:

September 24, 2020 – Hunger Hike 2020 Crushed This Year’s Goal

September 17, 2020 – Hunger Hike is HERE – Livestream on SUNDAY

August 6, 2020 – LUM Camp 2020 Recap & More

September 10, 2020 – Hunger Hike, Double Your Donation & Interns

July 30, 2020 – News About Fall LUM Programs

July 16, 2020 – LUM Programs Persist & Thrive in 2020

Hunger Hike in the News:

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  • Hunger Hike 2019 Raised $96,899

    End of Decade Total Raised $978,597

    At a celebration this week, it was announced that the 28th annual Hunger Hike raised $96,899. Each of sponsoring organizations received $30,230. Collectively, THIS decade, Hunger Hike raised $978,597 (10 year total) – an amazing accomplishment in the fight against hunger. The celebration was capped off with the presentation of checks to representatives of the three sponsoring organizations: Duane Sellers & Chuck Anderson representing St. Thomas Aquinas Haiti Ministry; Katy Bunder, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.; and Joe Micon, Lafayette Urban Ministry. All major donors and event sponsors were also recognized.

    A majority of the money comes from local churches ($49,033). The top 5 CHURCH fundraisers:

    1. St. Thomas Aquinas ($30,031)
    2. Chapel of the Good Shepherd
    3. St. John’s Episcopal
    4. Bethany Presbyterian 
    5. Central Presbyterian

    The top six INDIVIDUAL fundraisers:

    1. Rob Pahl ($10,930) – First individual to raise over $10,000
    2. Fr. Patrick Baikauskas, OP
    3. Jane & Duane Sellers 
    4. Dr. Michael Lockwood
    5. Patti O’Callaghan

    The top organization/group TEAMS:

    1. Decatur Street Kids ($2,079)
    2. Dogs Against Hunger
    3. Purdue English Department – Poets & Critics
    4. Grandma’s Bunch
    5. Benton Central High School CAAP, Food Finders Food Bank & Tippecanoe Democrats (3-way tie)

    Special thanks to DIAMOND Level event sponsor — The Lafayette Life Foundation ($5,000 donation); and the Gold Level event sponsors — Walmart/Sam’s Club of Lafayette/West Lafayette ($2,500 donation).

    Total Hunger Hike corporate gifts totaled $25,136. To view all of our event sponsors, click HERE.

    The proceeds from Hunger Hike 2019 will have a tremendous & immediate positive impact on the Fight Against Hunger — locally, regionally & globally. Thank you all again for supporting Hunger Hike. More information may be found on the Hunger Hike website at hungerhike.org. If you wish to become a Hunger Hike2020 event sponsor, please email hungerhike@lumserve.org).

    Please mark your calendars for next year’s Hunger Hike
    — Sunday, September 20, 2020 —

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    Hunger Hike – $100,000 Goal – Well Within Reach

    The Need is Great – So, Fundraising Continues

    So far, more than 90% of the Hunger Hike goal has been reached. Won’t you please make a donation allowing LUM, Food Finders & St. Thomas Aquinas to continue to offer important food & nutrition programs?
    Here are 4 ways you can still help Hunger Hike reach the goal:

    1. Make a Donation NOW, click HERE
    2. Support a Hiker or Team, click HERE — then click the TEAM tab
    3. If you are fundraising and have a First Giving page or team — send out another appeal to your friends, click HERE
    4. Purchase Hunger Hike T-shirts – (1 for $10 2/$15 | 6/$30) – To get yours, email hungerhike@lumserve.org. While supplies last.

    Special THANKS to every donor, fundraiser, church, team, and event sponsor for your support. Let’s work together to reach $100,000 this year. And thanks.

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    Dine at Texas Roadhouse for Hunger Hike

    THIS Tuesday – 20% Donated to Hunger Hike


    Support Hunger Hike while you enjoy your meal at Texas Roadhouse . Present the coupon to your server when you order and Texas Roadhouse will donate 20%  of your purchase to Hunger Hike.

    Here’s how it works…

    1. Print the Hunger Hike Coupon
    2. On Tuesday, October 1 from 4 to 10 p.m., go to Texas Roadhouse, 3615 SR 38 E, Lafayette
    3. Give “Coupon” to your server
    4. Hunger Hike gets 20% of your food sales — so, eat up!

    Please share this with others. THANK YOU. 

    The Texas Roadhouse Story

    It all began on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana.  Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price.

    We like to brag about our Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides, and Fresh-Baked Bread. Everything we do goes into making our hearty meals stand out. We handcraft almost everything we serve. We provide larger portions so you get more food for your dollar. And if you want an Ice Cold Beer or Legendary Margarita to wash it all down — well, we have those, too.

    Our food’s not the only thing that’s Legendary at the Roadhouse — our fun is too! From our line dancers to our jukebox to our friendly servers, you’ll enjoy every second you spend in a Texas Roadhouse.

    At Texas Roadhouse our team has an incredible sense of pride in everything we do. Our passion ensures you have a Legendary Experience every time.  Because of our passion for our guests and our communities, our team members are involved outside the restaurants in their local communities as a way to give back.

    The Texas Roadhouse story is simple. Legendary Food, Legendary Service®
    all with lots of Legendary Fun!

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    Hunger Hike

    The Official Hunger Hike 2019 T-Shirt

    Here is this year’s official Hunger Hike T-shirt.

    Everyone who raises more than $50 will be presented with a 2019 Hunger Hike T-shirt at check-in on Sunday, September 22 at Riehle Plaza. You can then wear it in pride knowing that YOU have made a difference in the Fight Against Hunger.

    It is not too late to start raising money for Hunger Hike — and secure your official 2019 T-shirt. Just go to the Hunger Hike website and get started today — hungerhike.org.

    Music from RatPak’s “DJ Powder” Starts at Noon

    DJ Powder from Rat Pak Mobile DJs will emcee and provide dance music at Hunger Hike.

    DJ Powder creates a fun, family friendly, festive environment during the kick-off of Hunger Hike.

    Join us THIS Sunday to enjoy music by DJ Powder of Rat Pak at the Hunger Hike kick-off event from Noon to 3:30 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).

    Co-Chairs — Purdue Coaches Versyp & Kucik

    The Hunger Hike 2019 honorary co-chairs are Purdue Coaches Sharon Versyp (women’s basketball) & Dave Kucik (men’s & women’s crew & rowing).

    Coaches Versyp & Kucik are perfect ambassadors for Hunger Hike. Both set the bar high for their own work and their teams. They have a serious commitment to serving their community — especially in supporting food assistance and nutrition programs. You’ll get to meet them and the student-athletes on their teams as well as see a Purdue Crew team “shell.”

    Join us THIS Sunday to meet and hear remarks from Coaches Sharon Versyp & Dave Kucik at the Hunger Hike kick-off event at 1:45 p.m. (Riehle Plaza).